Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Medical & Health
4 Year Degree
Children’s Mental Health and Behavior Specialist with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Early Childhood Services Department will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the YWCA Childhood Executive Function Assessment & Intervention Project that focuses on; training, assessing and providing intervention strategies on the impact of trauma, adverse childhood experience (ACES), protective factors and its impact on Executive Function. The Children’s Mental Health and Behavior Specialist foremost responsibility is to demonstrate expertise in mental health consultation, project management, coordination of training, assessment and intervention on Executive Function (EF); and engaging diverse stakeholders in the community to expand early childhood mental health services by providing evidence based interventions.
The Children’s Mental Health and Behavior Specialist is a full time, exempt position, reporting directly to the Manager of the Resource and Referral Services, located at YWCA’s Patterson & McDaniel Family Center, 2055 W. Army Trail Road, Suite 140, Addison, IL 60101.
This is a compelling opportunity for someone who wants to fulfill on their purpose, make a meaningful difference for others, and join an enterprise that is transforming from a 140-year old social services agency to a 21st century, business-savvy social enterprise, dedicated to its mission of “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.” All employees can count on a full range of generous benefits, along with a flexible schedule and leaders who are confident, authentic and agile in deciding and acting so that everyone is able to unleash their purpose and potential to fulfill on YWCA’s vision and mission.
Provides Consultation to school district, child care educators, community and other agency leaders to establish systems and structures and build workforce capacity to support social emotional learning and training
Display the use of evidence –based practices through training and delivery of supported implementations of clinical mental health and behavior strategies.
Assist in development of Gateways approved, Badge Credential training on trauma, adverse childhood experiences its impact on executive function for professionals working directly with children.
Assist in training and certify 25 trainers on the administration of the Minnesota Executive Function Scale ( MEFS) and intervention strategies
Monitor trainers administering the Minnesota Executive Function Scale and intervention strategies.at designated intervals to measure impact
Maintain strong understanding of grant deliverables and assist in development, tracking and maintaining progress.
Maintains appropriate records, documentation
Track and analyze data on training and intervention strategy results
Promote and educate community the YWCA Childhood Trauma and Executive Function Intervention Project; including developing a web landing page on the YWCA Women’s Health Exchange site and developing common language around executive function
Preform other assessments as needed e.g. ASQ3 & ASQ SE
Refers and collaborates with appropriate partner agencies
Coordinate recruit participants and executive training for over 450 parents on Trauma, ACES’s and how it impacts executive function strategies.
Facilitate trainings for child care providers, educators, and other social service sectors.
A Master’s degree desirable, Bachelor’s with experience in a relevant discipline such as psychology, counseling, early childhood development, community health, or social work acceptable. Ability to obtain licensure in the future, if not already licensed.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in the mental health, counseling, education, or related field
Program management experience preferred.
Marketing and collaborative experience in training and community programming, strongly desired
Highly developed presentation skills, including listening and persuasive abilities
Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative skills, culturally competent, comfortable working with diverse cultural backgrounds
Effective oral and written communication skills
Early Childhood experience preferred
Thrives in an environment in which collaboration, partnership, and empowerment are the key cultural elements
Must be able to travel
Alignment on the key deliverables
Establish and meet deadlines
Prioritization of tasks
Strong understanding of programs and overall mission of the YWCA
Must become an ITN trainer within one year of employment with the agency
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, to be confident in their choices and to make valuable contributions to their communities.